What If? 31 Creative Writing Prompts for December

Hello! Here’s this month’s selection of What Ifs to stimulate your writing brain. Let’s see what can you do with these! Some are deliberately vague or ambiguous so you can interpret them in different ways.

There’s one for each day of the month. If you need more, please take a look at our book The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. they evacuated Earth and you were one of the few who stayed behind?

2. you told someone you felt sorry for them, but didn’t get the reaction you expected?

3. you used a work skill outside of work?

4. you used something you’d learned in school that you thought you’d never have a use for in real life?

5. you defended the indefensible?

6. you were tricked into saying something in another language that didn’t mean what you thought it did?

7. your toilet was really hungry?

8. your toilet ate you?

9. vehicles only went where they wanted to go?

10. you had a secret identity – online, in the real world, or both?

11. you had your own think-tank?

12. you were hugely respected?

13. you were renowned?

14. you had a bit of a reputation?

15. you had a pair of glasses that enabled you to see ghosts?

16. you ended up in another country, with no idea how you’d got there?

17. your case was to be heard by the Supreme Court?

18. you had never lasted a full week (or even a full day) at any job?

19. you became an Olympic gold medalist?

20. NASA needed your expertise?

21. one of the intelligence services summoned you to join them for a month-long secret mission?

22. teenagers started using your name as rhyming slang for the latest swear word?

23. a product that your family had used for generations was revealed to be toxic – which perhaps explained their early deaths?

24. it was free to get in but you had to pay to get out?

25. you changed the main thing about yourself?

26. parents decided what their children should be taught at school?

27. you escaped into the fictional world of a novel but couldn’t get back out again?

28. every war had turned out the opposite way?

29. we all stopped learning at 8 years old?

30. the general public was paid to solve crimes?

31. Earth was the only planet and the Sun was the only star?

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What If? 29 Creative Writing Prompts for February

Here’s this month’s selection of What Ifs to stimulate your brain – what can you do with these? Some of them are deliberately vague or ambiguous so you can interpret them in different ways!

There’s one for each day of the month. If you need more please take a look at our book The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. the FTSE or Dow Jones share index fell to 0?

2. green was no longer a colour?

3. you thought you were a robot?

4. someone cast a spell on you – with or without your knowledge?

5. you suffered a crisis of conscience?

6. you were in a Catch-22 situation?

7. you learned that someone, who was not your partner, was in love with you?

8. someone was injuring all the children in a particular class, in alphabetical order?

9. every time you drove along a particular road you came across the same person standing/sitting/lying there and had to drive around them?

10. one of the major countries of the world was at war with every other country?

11. you tried to learn something as an adult that just about everyone else had learned as children?

12. every year you set yourself a new challenge?

13. you retreated into your mind to escape your real-life situation?

14. everyone you met today seemed to come from a place you had never heard of?

15. someone walked into a police station and announced that he/she had killed God?

16. the residents of a small island nation that you had never visited elected you as their monarch?

17. you were the child of a monarch and expected to inherit the role – but the populace hated you?

18. you were one of a small number of survivors and were given an essential role within the group that you had little or no prior experience of?

19. you were rehired to do a job you had left years ago?

20. you were given the task of listing 101 great things about the place you lived in, but you could only think of 5?

21. you experienced the downsides of celebrity?

22. you quickly learned a new skill and became highly renowned after discovering you had a talent for it, but you incurred the wrath of those who had been struggling with it for years?

23. the greatest hurricane the world had ever known made it all the way across the Atlantic without losing any of its strength?

24. it was declared that one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, who had been in prison for decades, was in fact entirely innocent?

25. whenever you held a book-signing session someone in the queue was killed?

26. you were asked to help the police track down someone you had once worked with?

27. you were left a business in a will, and were required to turn it from the third-biggest in town to the biggest within five years or you would forfeit both the business and the millions you would inherit if you succeeded?

28. you made the most of the freedom that comes with electronic/self-publishing and invented an entirely new genre (or hybrid genre)?

29. during your wedding ceremony your spouse-to-be said, loudly and clearly, someone else’s name rather than yours?

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for July

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

These are all taken from our book: The Fastest Way to Get Ideas – 4,400 Essential What Ifs for Writers.

What if…

1. your child seemed to have an extra sense?

2. a monkey could do your job?

3. you didn’t realise they were allergic?

4. something reared up at you?

5. you only bought things that were advertised?

6. humans were on their way to extinction?

7. you unearthed a secret while researching your family tree?

8. the library didn’t have any books?

9. you deliberately gave it to the wrong person?

10. keeping secrets was impossible?

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for March

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

What if…

1. death was something to celebrate?

2. you never met your children?

3. you knew the results of sporting events before they took place?

4. your car decided where you would be going on each journey, not you?

5. people felt obliged to keep you happy?

6. you were determined to be anonymous?

7. your clothing was unsuitable?

8. you faked the report?

9. you made sure you broke the law at least once every day?

10. you went beyond your personal limit?

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What If . . . ? 10 Creative Writing Prompts for February

Here’s this month’s selection of “What If…?” creative writing prompts to inspire you – let’s see what you can do with these!

What if…

1. you used a pen name to hide your identity, but someone revealed who you really were?

2. someone had switched the price labels?

3. your employer thought you had become too much of a liability?

4. you were only allowed to employ people who were related to you?

5. the government didn’t know you existed?

6. you found a library book that had been due back twenty years ago?

7. you could only speak in euphemisms?

8. you were banned from appearing on television?

9. you were asked to retract your statement?

10. a serving prisoner had to do jury service due to an administrative error?

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What If…? Essential writing prompts (June 2011)

Here’s another selection of What If writing prompts to inspire you – see what you can do with these!

What if . . .

1. you weren’t allowed to throw anything away?

2. nobody had jobs any more?

3. you discovered that your partner was an illegal immigrant?

4. you could turn back time?

5. you wanted more than someone thought you wanted?

6. a friend asked you for a job reference but you knew he’d lied on his application form?

7. you had a cough that didn’t respond to treatment?

8. you were the only survivor?

9. the charges against you were false?

10. you drank a love potion (deliberately or unwittingly)?

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What If . . . essential writing prompts (May 2011)

Here’s another selection of What If writing prompts to inspire you – see what you can do with these!

What if . . .

1. you decided to make up for your lost childhood?

2. all your senses suddenly became much stronger?

3. you were addicted to having medical treatment?

4. the tide didn’t come in today?

5. you were warned to keep your distance?

6. people became more intelligent as they got older?

7. you were awarded the booby prize?

8. the government told you what to believe?

9. you were surprised by someone’s rudeness?

10. everyone had the same ambition?

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